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When we analyze the functionality of any computer it is evident that the operating system is among its most important components Today the Windows operating system in particular has emerged as the top in its class in popularity among the general public Windows has come a long way from its humble beginnings some eighteen years ago In this paper we will be discussing the evolutionary stages in the development of Windows from its beginning up to the present and then take a look at the direction that it is going The importance of a computers operating system cannot be over emphasized It is the first piece of software that we view when we boot up and the last piece that we see when we log off It has the complexity to empower the programs that we run and make them come to life for us The operating system is the computers central brain and directs every piece of hardware that we use including such things as mouse and printer functionality Yet to most people what the operating system does and how it works remains a complete enigma As previously stated all computers must have an operating system to control the external peripherals and act as an interface between the user the software and the hardware When we take a look back in history we see that the first operating systems were somewhat simplistic in nature compared to what they are today On November 10 1983 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows a next-generation operating system that would provide a graphical user interface GUI and multitasking environment for IBM computers Microsoft promised that the new program would be on the shelf by April 1984 It might have been released under the original name of Interface Manager if Microsofts marketing whiz Rowland Hanson had not convinced Microsoft founder Bill Gates that Windows was the better name Bellis Microsoft launched
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